‘The Future of Faith’ is the focus for a series of lectures at the newly-renovated Rawtenstall Unitarian Church and Unity Centre in Lancashire, beginning in early October 2018.    With high-quality speakers, this promises to be an exciting venture.  

Audience participation is encouraged, with workshops and panel discussions to follow each talk.  So do come and join the conversations!  

The three lectures take place on Saturdays, starting 11 am and finishing by 3.15 pm.   Lunch is BRING & SHARE.   Refreshments will be available.  

There is no cover charge, but donations will be invited to help with costs.  The series is organised by the Lancashire Collaborative Ministry, which unites Unitarian places of worship in Chorley, Padiham and Rawtenstall. 

The three lectures are :

Saturday 6th October 2018.   Paul Rasor: ‘The Challenge of Liberal Theology in a time of declining liberalism’.      What kind of liberal religion is possible when liberalism of all kinds is under siege?

Saturday 1st December 2018.   Matt Carmichael:  ‘Rekindling the Spirit of Community – Restoring Depth in an age of Screens’.   What does it take to build community today?   And where can we find inspiration?


Saturday 23rd March 2019.   Alastair McIntosh:  ‘Towards Third Millennium Christianity:  Activism, Nonviolence and the Mystical Imperative’. If Christianity still matters, then why?     Is a new ‘opening of the way’ feasible? 



Paul Razor

Paul Rasor taught law, theology and religious studies for 30 years at American institutions, most recently as professor at Virginia Wesleyan College.  He is currently visiting professor of law at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.   His books include: Reclaiming Prophetic Witness: Liberal Religion in the Public Square; and Faith without Certainty: Liberal Theology in the 21st Century.   He is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister.


Matt Carmichael

Matt Carmichael is a schoolteacher, writer and activist from Leeds.  He is co-author, with Alastair McIntosh, of Spiritual Activism: Leadership as Service, and he blogs for Ecohustler and other outlets.   A founding director of Schumacher North, he’s campaigned on environmental, social and peace issues since the early 1990s.   He has developed the Delta course for people interested in spirituality free of religious strictures.


Alistair MacIntosh

Described by the BBC as “one of the world’s leading environmental campaigners”, Alastair McIntosh is a pioneer of modern land reform in Scotland.   His books include: Soil and Soul: People versus Corporate PowerHell and High Water: Climate Change, Hope and the Human Condition; and Poacher’s Pilgrimage: an Island Journey.  He’s an honorary fellow of the School of Divinity at Edinburgh University and an honorary professor at Glasgow University.   He is a Quaker by faith.